As the Eastern half of the country cools off following record heat earlier this week, the Southwest corner of the nation will become the focus for sweltering conditions.
Temperatures will soar above the century mark across most desert and interior valley locations from central California to Arizona into the weekend.
Some of the hottest locations, such as Death Valley, Calif., will top out again near 120 degrees today!
While temperatures above 100 are commonplace for many Southwestern locales as we head into the summer months, the heat to end this week could prove to be exceptional for this time of year.
Numerous record highs will be in jeopardy today as the heat peaks in major cities such as Phoenix (record is 110 degrees from 1977), Las Vegas (107, 2001) and Tucson (105, 2002).
Records already fell on Thursday in Palm Springs, Yuma and Death Valley on Thursday.
Even the Central Valley of California will be scorching, with Fresno expected to record its first 100-degree day of the year today.
The driving force behind the heat is a strengthening ridge of high pressure. Temperatures will cool a bit after the high pressure pushes off to the east this weekend, but will still manage to break 100 each day in some areas well into next week.
All people, but particularly those sensitive to the heat, should take it easy over the next few days, and stay well-hydrated if venturing outdoors during the peak of the heat.
Very dry air and gusty winds accompanying the warm air is bad news for those battling wildfires in the region.
According to officials, a wildfire burning through New Mexico's Gila National Forest has become the largest in the state's history, having burned more than 270,000 acres.
Relative humidity levels in the single digits and wind gusts to 30 mph are causing the fire to burn out of control. More than a dozen homes have already been destroyed, with hundreds of residents currently displaced.
Fortunately, slightly higher humidity levels are expected over the next few days over, but rain is not in the forecast for the foreseeable future.
Tropical Depression 8 should strengthen into a tropical storm before impacting the coastal Carolinas with rough surf and heavy downpours early this week.
Tropical Depression 9 developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States this week.
Brief relief from heat and humidity will arrive in the northeastern United States at the start of September.
Typhoon Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan near Sendai early in the new week with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Hawaii is facing two tropical threats this week as Madeline and Lester churn westward.
Hot and dry weather will greet fans and competitors at the 2016 U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing, New York, as play begins Monday, Aug. 29.
New England (1816)
"Year in which there was no summer", otherwise known to weather historians as "1800 and frozen to death" killing frost once again damages sparse corn corp in northern New England...loss of this and other crops led to severe famine in much of New England that winter...and helped spur western migration in spring of 1817.
New England (1965)
A total of 2.5 inches of snow on top of Mt. Washington set an August record. Vermont had a reading of only 25 degrees, while Nantucket had a chilly 39 degrees. Earliest freeze on record at many stations.
Houston, TX (1980)
2.23 inches of rain fell in less than 1 hour. Streets were flooded in the downtown district and a tornado touched down briefly west of Houston at Sealy, TX.